Tips for your first week of work as a nurse
You’ve survived nursing school. Endured sleepless nights and days of hard work. You passed the board exam, and now, you’ve finally reached your goal. You, my friend, are now a Registered Nurse. So what challenge is next for you? Of course, you have to start fulfilling your dream now. You must go on duty, however, based on what you’ve heard, nursing isn’t really an easy job. You get all these jitters and start getting all nervous. There’s no point backing out now. How will you survive your first days of work? Here’s how.
Get ample sleep and eat breakfast
You wouldn’t want to pass out in the middle of your first day of work, would you? Go to bed earlier than usual, if necessary, and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Also, make the time to eat breakfast as you normally would. Don’t skip it just because you feel like you don’t have time and it isn’t needed.
Don’t be late! Arrive early
Arriving early gives you some extra time to look through the charts of your assigned patients, thus also helping decrease your anxiety. The night before, try to lay out the clothes you are going to wear, as well as any necessary documents or paperwork so you won’t forget anything. Also, be aware of lab values as they can clue you into any big changes.
At times, you may wake up feeling discouraged and wanting to quit your job. Don’t. Upon waking up each morning, always remember why you’re here in the first place, all the things you’ve done to achieve this state. Do not quit because the job is hard, always push yourself to conquer things, to do better.
Don’t just go for easy. Challenge yourself
Yes, you might get nervous at first, but you should try to retreat from your shell. Try to explore things. Study in advance if you’re unfamiliar with some things.The sickest patients will teach you an array of things. Use the opportunity to learn from your preceptor in those tough situations.
Relax and enjoy
Remember, everyone has undergone this stage, even your superior and bosses. Be confident. Just take a deep breath and enjoy things. Try to learn the most that you can. Remember, for years, you imagined this moment to happen and here you are right now, wearing an all-white ensemble with a matching cap. Seize the opportunity and make the most out it. Who knows? One day, you’ll be one of the best nurses there is.